the moonlight flips and flits over the cracks

of the pavement. right leg, left leg, tiny

hop in your step. watch your shadow swallow

soft light with every stride. crickets

chirp in bushes and cicadas whistle

above to usher you up

one block, past another, wait at the light.

breeze sends the smell of gasoline

and the sea from a few sidewalks behind.

eyes open wide, breathe in the passing night.